Records up for grabs from the Middle East region include:
• Syria: Fastest 30 m car pull with the teeth (male) - 18.13 seconds (Download video here) AND the Most consecutive hurdle hops – 25
• UAE: Most consecutive football touches while hanging with one hand in 30 seconds: 87
• UAE: Most consecutive football touches on a quad bike performing a wheelie (team of two): 70
• Tunisia: Most full-contact martial arts kicks on a treadmill in 30 seconds – 91
10 November 2022, (Dubai, United Arab Emirates): Guinness World Records today celebrates the nineteenth annual GWR Day. Celebrating the theme of Super Skills, record-breaking hopefuls from across the globe have put on a jaw-dropping display of dedication, persistence, and elite-level talent.
Famous regional football freestyler, Ammar Alkhudairi (UAE) - also known as ‘Ammar Freez’ – displayed his own impressive ball skills by breaking two Guinness World Records™ titles for the Most consecutive football touches while hanging with one hand in 30 seconds, in which he achieved 87 football touches, and the Most consecutive football touches on a quad bike performing a wheelie (team of two), collaboratively with the famous athlete ‘Abdulla Al Hattawi’, in which they achieved 70 football touches.
Discovered four years ago on television show ‘Arabs Got Talent’, Ammar Freez joined hundreds of the best performers to celebrate GWR Day 2022, where his story was circulated globally.
Ammar is a three-time UAE Football Freestyle Champion, the Middle East Freestyle Football Champion, Winner of the International Ubhouse Freestyle Football Challenge, Arabs Got Talent Semi-finalist, and was ranked Top 16 globally by the WFFA in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
On his part, Al Hattawi achieved his fourth Guinness World Records title all using his skills in extreme ATV stunts. He currently holds records for the Most people on a quadbike—17 breaking a record that had been held since 2004, the
Longest wheelie (distance) on a quad bike (ATV) – 60km – a feat he did on Sheikh Zayed Road in 2018, and the Greatest distance performing a quad bike (ATV) wheelie whilst balancing a person on the shoulders with 2249.14 metres.
From Tunisia, a 21-year-old Sarra Rokbani smashed an incredibly difficult record for the Most full-contact martial arts kicks on a treadmill in 30 seconds with 91 repetitions. Rokbani is a second-year student at the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Sports, and she is known for her insane feats like hanging full body with hair and other martial art stunts. Sarra made an impressive example of woman of her age as she has been working on breaking this record for over a year.
From Syria, athlete Yazan Saleh attempted two stunts for the Fastest 30 m car pull with the teeth (male) – 18.13 seconds, breaking the previous record – 18.42 seconds – with less than half a second. Saleh is five-time record holder, and he attempted another record title to mark the Guinness World Records Day this year for the Most consecutive hurdle hops with 25 in total.
First held in 2004 to mark Guinness World Records becoming the best-selling copyright book of all time, GWR Day has inspired some now iconic record-breaking achievements. This year over 1000 applications were received from aspiring record breakers across the world, hoping to attempt records on GWR Day to secure their place in the next edition of the book.
Other Guinness World Records titles attempted on the day include:
• USA: Most blindfolded standing backwards somersaults in one minute: 21
• CHINA: Most bunny hops to rear onto a bar in one minute: 14
• JAPAN: Most basketball arm rolls in one minute (three basketballs): 56
• MEXICO: Most single arm handstands in one minute (male): 23, Most handstands in one minute (male): 41,
• Most alternating single arm handstands in one minute: 32